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: This can obviously be done through a number of ways: story plot, design, AI
: behaviour, weapons used and to name a few. But one that's been of
: particular interest to me is the use of language and voice.
: Take Grunts for instance. In Halo 1 - ODST they spoke, taunted, screamed in
: English, and were overall pretty funny. I'd say it's not unreasonable to
: say that it was the comic relief they offered that made them one of the
: more memorable enemies in the series. Aside from bringing the lols, their
: humour made them fun to fight.
: I'd say that the most interest enemies in Halo are the ones that communicate
: with the player, Grunts, Elites, Brutes and the Flood. While the Flood
: doesn't speak per se, their screams and roars are still damn well scary
: and achieve the desired effect.
: Prometheans therefore serve as an exception that proves the rule in a sense.
: I doubt I'm alone in saying that the Prometheans were fairly uninspiring
: enemies to fight in Halo 4. Sure they had their share interesting
: behavioural traits, but despite Kiki Wolfkill's assurance that they wern't
: robots or monsters, they were essentially robot monsters.
: They didn't have personalities. Grunts are cowards that make the player
: laugh. The Elites are proud warriors and battle field commanders. The
: Brutes are barbaric space apes who just want to rip you apart. And the
: Flood are gross, scary space zombies.
: But the Prometheans? They're robot bullet sponges. We had no idea what they
: were feeling, why they were attacking us, or how are actions affected
: them. This lack of character seriously undermined any capacity for them to
: be interesting enemies to fight, let alone build a saga around. Sure 343i
: tells us they're "tortured human souls" but how is this conveyed
: to the player?
: (The change from having the grunts and elites speak English was also a step
: backwards on the same principle)
: What do you guys think?
I'd say you're right in that it played a role, but I think that if you fixed the other issues with the Prometheans we wouldn't really be having a discussion about this part.
On the Covenant side, I really do agree that the Covenant should go back to English; while I appreciate the effort 343 is putting into making the Elites more fleshed out from a societal standpoint that doesn't mean we have to pretend Halo 2 didn't happen. And the Grunts should be funny again!
|Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||Apollo||12/5/13 10:24 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||davidfuchs||12/5/13 11:32 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||Ragashingo||12/6/13 1:31 am|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||Apollo||12/6/13 6:54 am|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||scarab||12/6/13 9:45 am|
|Important reading material.||uberfoop||12/6/13 11:58 am|
|Re: Important reading material.||scarab||12/6/13 12:58 pm|
|AI personality = possibly best thing about Halo||Dervish||12/6/13 1:33 pm|
|And a note on Prometheans||Dervish||12/6/13 1:44 pm|
|Re: And a note on Prometheans||scarab||12/6/13 2:20 pm|
|Re: And a note on Prometheans||Dervish||12/6/13 4:41 pm|
|Re: And a note on Prometheans||scarab||12/6/13 7:05 pm|
|Re: And a note on Prometheans||RC Master||12/7/13 2:27 pm|
|On diagloue, localization and last-gen problems||kornman00||12/6/13 4:05 pm|
|Re: On diagloue, localization and last-gen problem||Avateur||12/6/13 5:55 pm|
|Do they HAVE to localize it ?||RC Master||12/7/13 12:13 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||Avateur||12/6/13 5:52 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||scarab||12/6/13 7:00 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||Avateur||12/6/13 7:29 pm|
|Re: Enemy Personalities and Promethean Problems||scarab||12/6/13 9:45 pm|
|General thoughts.||Quirel||12/6/13 10:24 pm|
|Re: General thoughts.||Avateur||12/7/13 12:26 am|
|Re: General thoughts.||Quirel||12/7/13 3:36 am|
|Re: General thoughts.||scarab||12/7/13 4:03 am|
|I forgot about the terminals||scarab||12/7/13 4:20 am|
|Re: I forgot about the terminals||Clarion||12/7/13 9:41 am|
|Re: I forgot about the terminals||RC Master||12/7/13 12:53 pm|
|Re: General thoughts.||Avateur||12/7/13 1:23 pm|
|Re: General thoughts.||thebruce0||12/10/13 10:11 am|
|Re: General thoughts.||Quirel||12/7/13 3:36 pm|
|Re: General thoughts.||scarab||12/7/13 4:17 pm|
|Speaking of which...||uberfoop||12/7/13 4:23 pm|
|Re: General thoughts.||Quirel||12/7/13 5:02 pm|
|*Like* *NM*||thebruce0||12/10/13 10:07 am|
|Well-articulated, good sir. *NM*||The Lionheart||12/11/13 12:35 am|